Activists Julia Butterfly Hill and Darryl Hannah stopped by PCC on April 21 to discuss their eco-friendly lifestyle and answered questions from audience members inside the Sexson Auditorium. Their goal: to encourage and help continue to spread the message of sustainability.


Activists Julia Butterfly Hill and Darryl Hannah stopped by PCC on April 21 to discuss their eco-friendly lifestyle and answered questions from audience members inside the Sexson Auditorium. Their goal: to encourage and help continue to spread the message of sustainability.Also involved in the discussion was Professor Ling O’ Connor, who chatted with the guest speakers on topics pertaining to recycling, organic food, and more importantly, Hill’s two-year sitting in the famous tree named “Luna.”

“I was taught to respect nature and I climbed trees all the time,” said Hill of her childhood.”I climbed ‘Luna’ three times and my final sitting lasted two years and eight days.”

Connor asked Hannah how she found green on the big screen. The actress responded that the natural world always made sense to her.

“When I was young, my father sent me to a camp and it was there where I understood I could actually do many things on my own. That made me an outsider,” said Hannah.

Audience members were then invited to ask questions or make comments about the activists.

Answering a question, Hill revealed she used a solar cell phone while sitting in “Luna” and Hannah disclosed her passion for compost products.

At the end of the discussion, some students walked out with a newfound sense of appreciation for the environment. They gathered around the speakers to thank them for delivering an intimate, informative speech and they stopped by the AS and Arroyo Food Co-Op booths outside of the theater.

“I want to start recycling but nothing motivated me before. My geography professor told me about this event and I wanted to learn more about the lack of natural resources,” said Julie Dam, 19, child development.

The discussion took place a day before Earth Day and drew a crowd of about 50 to 60 students.

The discussion, titled “A Conversation with Julia Butterfly Hill and Darryl Hannah”, was produced by Associated Students and by the Sustainability Committee, under the direction of AS Vice President of Sustainability Hanna Israel.

“I wanted to use the student activity fee to bring speakers of this caliber and I am happy they were enthusiastic to come to PCC,” said Israel.

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